It's getting cold outside, which means it's the perfect time to take a warm weather vacation. Take a break from chunky knits and scarves, and opt for neoprene stripes, cropped bright blouses, and tribal print maxidresses. So if you're heading out on a warm winter retreat, we've put together 3 stylish outfits to keep you looking polished in the sun. On Allison: Tibi dress, Equipment blouse
If you're lucky enough to get away someplace warm this Winter, the last thing you want to do is stress over what to pack. Basically, you should look as carefree as you feel on a beachy vacation, albeit with a hint of glamour. To help you do just that, we've culled a few of our sand-and-surf essentials, the kind of pieces that will take you from lounging at the pool to dinner in town with ease — because, really, that's what vacation's all about. Click through for our 10 perfect pieces to pack, from embellished sandals to punchy coverups — and nothing's over $100. Step inside and start plotting your Winter getaway.
All good things come to an end, and that includes vacation as well. Settling back into work is hard especially when you're missing the sun and sand or whatever you immersed yourself in during your travels, but the vacation bliss doesn't have to end. It's said that people reap more benefit from multiple short vacations rather than one long one, because we derive most of the pleasure of our trip from planning. Personally, I think there are plenty of happy aftereffects as well.
I recently took a trip and am determined to make the happy travel buzz last for a good while. Here are some simple strategies I've been using:
Put Your Memories on Facebook: Upload your images and videos of the trip onto Facebook and watch the discussions begin! It's fun to see friends commenting back and forth on pictures and videos, and it'll be a constant reminder of the special moments you captured of your trip with your camera.
Buy Souvenirs: A souvenir is a physical memory of the fantastic time you had on your travels. Leave it around your house or at the office to inspire some awesome daydreams. Reader Lovely_1 puts it best when she said, "I like to buy something nice for my home that i can display. Then when someone comments on it I can be like 'Oh, I got that in Fiji!'"
I love a beach vacay, but after two days of lounging on the sand I am itching to move. Many beach towns have bike shops that rent to tourists, but I give the beautiful (and heavy) cruisers a pass and rent a road bike — at some stores you can arrange a rental for an entire week. Almost as important as packing your cycling shorts (riding with a chamois keeps everyone happy) is to bring your shoes and pedals; they are a set and literally made for each other. And there is no guarantee that the beach-town bike store will have pedals to match your cleats.
You can remove your pedals yourself with a pedal wrench (one costs anywhere between $15 and $25). Just remember the pedals are threaded differently; the right one is removed counterclockwise and the left side pedal removed clockwise. Not into DIY bike maintenance? Your hometown bike shop can help you too for a minimum labor charge around $5. Only thing is, you will have to drive or walk your bike home, unless you have an extra set of pedals to spare. If you have room in your suitcase, pack your seat too. I have found rental bikes can have mighty uncomfortable saddles. Be sure to check out Map My Ride for routes at your vacation destination.
Do you ride while you're on vacay?
August is a month of travel for many families — a time to pack everyone up and head to the shore for a few days or weeks of relaxation and bonding before the hectic school year begins. With family vacations in mind, we turned to Jenny Cooper, head designer at J.Crew's Crewcuts division, to see what she'd bring on a family trip. A mom of two boys — Walker, 9, and Miller, 6 — the Brooklyn mama knows a thing or two about packing light and giving her tots some leeway with their travel bags. Keep reading to see her picks!
Whether you're jet-setting out of town to beat the heat or searching for it, Summer vacation can mean a few dehydrating, monotonous, or stressful hours on an airplane before you reach your rest and relaxation destination.
If you're gearing up for a long flight, make sure you're prepared so you can make those hours as healthy as they can be. Before you go on vacation, read these tips to make sure you have a healthy and safe flight.
Germ fighter. The air in there may not be as dangerously full of germs as you may think — in fact, airplane air is often filtered more often than the air in most office buildings — but that doesn't mean you're not more susceptible to diseases when you're up in the sky. While the coughs and sneezes of your fellow passengers may not make you ill, the fast turnaround times between flights means that certain areas on planes don't regularly get disinfected like they should. Carry a bottle of hand sanitizer for a quick wipe down of your area when you first sit down.
We all need vacations sometime during the year, because they make for a great break from the daily grind and are great for our mental well-being to boot. The New York Times provided several tips from travel experts on how one can maximize the benefits of trips. Here are a few of my favorites:
- Take some time to chill before vacation. Most of us often work ourselves to the bone right before vacation, and perhaps we're trying to make up for the time we're going to be spending out of the office. Al Gini, the author of The Importance of Being Lazy, recommends travelers take a few days to unwind before heading off to their trips. Setting aside a day just for packing or making last-minute plans is highly recommended.
- Have a happy ending. Try to end your trip on a good note, do your best to plan a great activity before your flight; make your last memory one of the best. Pack the night before your departure so you can enjoy your last activity and not have to rush. Book reservations at a quaint restaurant you've been eager to try or take one last leisurely walk to soak in the local sights.
- Shorten the length of your trip. It's been advised that taking a couple of short trips can be more beneficial than taking one long trip, as one of the best parts of travel is the anticipation. Jeroen Nawijn, a tourism research lecturer at Netherland University, tells the Times that he "found that the length of stay has very little influence on how people feel during a trip or afterwards."
Do you have more tips for a happy holiday?
Resort 2012 brought us a bevy of wild colors, cool silhouettes, and a lot of prints. But what does it all mean? We're breaking it down for you, supplying you with the top 10 trends culled from all of the collections. Think surf-inspired gear, tropical prints, and pajama dressing. Want to see the rest? Click through — and start taking notes!
Whether you live in a large home or a tiny apartment, opening your doors to guests can test any girl's patience. Living in a popular tourist destination like San Francisco, my futon hosts a steady stream of family and friends worn out from a day exploring the city. With Summer in full swing, I'm sure you may play travel guide yourself to some vacationing acquaintances staying at your pad. Here are five tips to keeping your sanity and relationships in tact!
- Ask your guests ahead of time what they really want to do, and then plan accordingly. If they want see an art exhibit in town, search out a deal on tickets for a day that's convenient for your schedule. If they have a restaurant in mind, book a reservation so you don't have to scramble at the last minute. Setting your expectations accurately in advance will also help you stay sane.
- Do a walk through when they arrive. Show them how to close your shower curtain so your floor doesn't get soaking wet and you don't get inevitably annoyed. Point out the food they're free to eat, so they feel comfortable and you don't feel resentful when they go through your fridge.
- When you're straightening up before they arrive, clean out some space you can dedicate to them. Whether it's a shelf in the bathroom or some room in your hall closet for their suitcases, clear out the room ahead of time so your place doesn't feel too cluttered with their possessions.
- Pencil in some alone time. Don't be afraid to opt out of a dinner to make sure you get some time in your apartment alone. Or opt in to a work function so you have a reason to socialize with people other than your visitors. Whether it's a girlfriend or your parents, they'll probably appreciate some time to themselves, too. And if you want to go the extra mile, make an extra set of keys to guarantee they have some independence.
- Plan a night in, perhaps on their last night. By the end of a visitor's stay, you'll likely be worn out. So instead of pushing through one more night of cocktails and heavy restaurant fare, relax at home by ordering in or making a healthy dinner. And next time you find yourself staying at someone's place, offer to do the grocery shopping, and then cook for your hostess on your last night!
Summer travels are almost here, and that means packing up your sandals and your beach bag and traveling. But there are many vacation prep to-dos before you can say bon voyage, and it's not all about booking hotel rooms and buying plane tickets. As usual, your health should be a top priority no matter if you're at home or traveling the world, so taking care to prepare before your trip will make it easy to stay healthy and fit. Don't forget to take these items with you before you board the plane!
- Over-the-counter medication. Sometimes minor cuts, sore muscles, or colds happen, so these are always good to have on hand in case you need them. They are also important if you are traveling overseas to an unfamiliar country— you don't want to have to decipher a foreign language when you're trying to find the right medicine to take care of a headache.
- Exercise equipment. There's nothing worse then wanting to go for a run or a dip in the hotel pool and realizing you didn't bring the right gear for your time away from home. Pack a few things before you leave so you can quickly work out without hunting for replacements once you arrive. Exercise equipment doesn't have to take up too much space in your suitcase — throw in some lightweight shoes, a jump rope, or other compact items and you've got your workouts covered.